Turner Classic Movies Online

Turner Classic Movies Online is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ben Mankiewicz, Sean Axmaker
Rating Title/Year Author
This Sporting Life (1963) Bret Wood Some historians consider This Sporting Life the end of the New Wave. Because of the film's disappointing box-office performance, producers began to shy away from the realist aesthetic and emotional rawness. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2018
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) Sean Axmaker It's a powerful film that builds to intense, overwhelming emotions with a very human core. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2014
The Prey (2011) Sean Axmaker Eric Valette tries to keep it grounded in action scenes built on a physicality that is more authentic than the overkill of CGI spectacle. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2014
Wadjda (2012) Sean Axmaker Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour uses the simple story as our entry into a complex culture and a pointed perspective on how women are treated in Saudi society ... EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2014
The Long Day Closes (1992) Sean Axmaker There's no traditional story to speak of here, no dramatic conflict to send the characters off on a goal or motivating action to set a series of events in motion. Rather, Davies offers cinematic snapshots capturing privileged moments... EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2014
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Sean Axmaker Lon Chaney created a lot of twisted wretches, vengeful villains, and criminal masterminds, but Quasimodo remains his most sympathetic screen character. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2014
Strange Behavior (1981) Sean Axmaker The title Dead Kids makes it sound like a slasher picture or a zombie film [but] it's really a mix of mad scientist thriller and revenge movie dropped into a somewhat surreal recreation of small-town Midwest America. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2014
5 Broken Cameras (2011) Sean Axmaker ... a mix of citizen journalism and social memoir. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2013
Silent Souls (2010) Sean Axmaker ... slow and introspective, paced in long, still shots that seem to drift in time rather than march forward. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2013
Young, Violent, Dangerous (1976) Sean Axmaker These aren't angry rebels without a cause, they are thrill killers without motivation. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
Come Blow Your Horn (1963) Sean Axmaker ... like a cartoonish fantasy of the Mad Men sensibility of philandering men who treat the female sex as a buffet for their perusal. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
The Visitor (1964) Sean Axmaker ... neither satire nor romantic comedy... [it] offers a much more layered and unexpected portrait in disappointment and resigned concession. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
Brief Encounter (1945) Sean Axmaker ... still embraced as one of the most romantic films ever made, and it has earned its reputation. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
Blithe Spirit (1945) Sean Axmaker ... a lightweight comedy built on witty remarks and upper-class smugness (which Rex Harrison so perfectly embodies), but comedy is not Lean's strong suit. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
This Happy Breed (1944) Sean Axmaker It's quite the study in domesticity and acceptance, and it even presents socialist activism and union strikes as some sort of idealistic fling... EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
In Which We Serve (1942) Sean Axmaker ... an accomplished, sincere, and moving piece of filmmaking that honors the characters and involves the audience. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
The Nude Vampire (1969) Sean Axmaker ... a strange work of conspiracy, family rebellion, and innocence imprisoned, both a vampire film and a strange science fiction fantasy of shadowy old men performing secret experiments. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2012
Belle de Jour (1967) Sean Axmaker Luis Bunuel's cheerfully brazen satire of sexual repression, social decorum, and erotic fantasies is in the running for Bunuel's kinkiest film, and that's saying a lot. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2012
Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) Sean Axmaker ... a record of a creative collaboration that has a life of its own, at once documentary, filmed rehearsal, play within a play, and private production restaged for a camera... EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2012
World on a Wire (1973) Sean Axmaker ... a heady, witty, stylistically audacious, highly compelling, and very entertaining science fiction thriller years ahead of its time. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2012
Tokyo Drifter (1966) Sean Axmaker ...plays like a mix of spaghetti western and samurai melodrama relocated to the pop-art splendor of 1960s Japan... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2012
No Blade of Grass (1970) Sean Axmaker Cornel Wilde's grim, fatalistic end-of-the-world thriller... is a forgotten dystopian classic of its time. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2012
Seven Chances (1925) Sean Axmaker ... Keaton transformed the material into his own brand of humor: from stage farce to snappy cinematic slapstick, with Buster turning verbal jokes into visual gags. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2012
Two Flags West (1950) Sean Axmaker ... an adult and thoughtful production that explores the conflicts of men who are both enemies and allies in the waning days of the Civil War. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
I Only Want You to Love Me (1976) Sean Axmaker ... he brings a morose naturalism to the film even as creates an atmosphere of isolation through the performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Shakespeare Wallah (1965) Sean Axmaker ... a bittersweet drama of the twilight of a theatrical way of life. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Election (1999) Sean Axmaker Payne and Taylor are equal opportunity satirists and their sly wit dismantles everything from high school culture to suburban complacency. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
The Cigarette Girl from Mosselprom (1924) Sean Axmaker ... a lightweight, fun-loving romantic comedy set on the bustling streets of Moscow ... EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
The Four Times (2010) Sean Axmaker It's both an embrace of the comfort of ritual and certainly and acknowledgement of the magic of the unexpected and the accidental bringing change to routine. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Doughboys (1930) Sean Axmaker ... (Keaton) brings his brand of comic chaos to the front lines of France and manages to turn bad luck into a happy ending in the trench warfare of World War I. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Salt for Svanetia (1929) Sean Axmaker This film doesn't simply record the lives of an alien culture, it dramatizes it with imagery and recreations that turns documentary into drama with a passion. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Po zakonu (By the Law) (Dura Lex) (Troye) (1926) Sean Axmaker The tension is grueling and the climax is haunting. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924) Sean Axmaker ... a political cartoon of a Soviet satire that knowingly spoofs American stereotypes of "Bolshevik revolutionaries" through the comically surreal odyssey of the gullible Mr. West... EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
The Tenth Victim (1965) Sean Axmaker Petri directs with tongue firmly in cheek, lampooning the media obsession with high risk contests and games of chance with cool sixties style ... EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Torso (1974) Sean Axmaker The motivation is right out of the Psycho playbook, only not quite as convincing. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Going Places (1974) Sean Axmaker ... Blier's portrait of showy machismo, reflexive bad behavior and empty pleasure is his sad commentary on seventies culture. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Identification of a Woman (1982) Sean Axmaker ... a film filled with mysteries that are never resolved and images that are simultaneously lonely and lovely. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
City of Life and Death (2009) Sean Axmaker City of Life and Death puts a convincing image to the abstract history. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
The Creeping Unknown (1955) Sean Axmaker ... the film is never less than intriguing and, at is best, is haunting, horrific and riveting. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
The Rules of the Game (1939) Sean Axmaker ... at once savage social satire and a compassionate comedy of manners with a sour undercurrent. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Blue (1993) Sean Axmaker As one might assume from the title, the color blue dominates the palette, from the light over the city at dusk to the glow from the swimming pool she visits ... EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Red (1994) Sean Axmaker ... the most densely and deftly woven of the three films. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Sherlock Holmes (1922) Sean Axmaker While Barrymore has the profile and the intent, intelligent focus we recognize, this is a Holmes mystery without the deerstalker cap, the Meerschaum pipe or the faithful Watson at his side. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
Medea (1970) Sean Axmaker Pasolini strips the play down to symbolic, almost abstract expressions of scenes and ideas, like the cinema equivalent of hieroglyphics. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2011
La Rabbia (1963) Sean Axmaker Though created out of documentary footage, this non-fiction production is not a documentary but an essay film, a philosophical rumination by way of a political editorial... EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2011
The Lickerish Quartet (1970) Sean Axmaker You could describe this delirious erotic fantasy as a stag film reworking of Teorema as directed by Alain Resnais. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2011
People on Sunday (1930) Sean Axmaker The inventive filmmaking, breezy pace, light touch, luscious images and gentle, appreciative spirit of the film makes it a classic. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2011
The Band's Visit (2007) Sean Axmaker [Writer/director Eran] Kolirin finds bittersweet humor in the comedy of their melancholy lives and fumbling efforts at communication and common ground EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
Her Night of Romance (1924) Sean Axmaker Director Sidney Franklin... brings elegance to the silly little romantic comedy and keeps the story moving and the comedy bouncing. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) Sean Axmaker John Sayles manages to work some offbeat science-fiction ideas around the edges of an otherwise derivative plot... EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011